NHL Rumors and Rumblings: Kaberle Trade Imminent, Blue Jackets No Longer Interested

Tomas Kaberle

Andy Sutton, Glenn Metropolit, Marty Turco, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrew Ladd, Domonic Moore and Shaone Morrisonn all found new homes during the week that was, while Todd White was traded to the New York Rangers and Erik Johnson re-signed with the Blues for two-years.

Despite all of that, the Washington Capitals remained the busiest team. It all began when Maxime Talbot fired shots at Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. “I just hate the guy” said Talbot. “He’s a real (expletive).”

The team also re-signed 26-year-old, 23-goal scorer Tomas Fleischmann before acquiring tough guy D.J. King from the Blues for prospect Stefan Della Rovere.

Yes, it was another busy week in the National Hockey League. Here is a look at some of the things that could go down in the coming seven days.

Tomas Kaberle trade imminent?

The National Post (via Montreal Gazette) is reporting that a Kaberle trade could be imminent, but Brian Burke says that part of the delay is due to the Ilya Kovalchuk situation. Once Ilya Kovalchuk officially signs with a team, Tomas Kaberle will be the most sought after player available. Kaberle’s no-trade window ends August 15th.

Sharks, Bruins want to bring back Thornton, Chara

The Boston Globe is reporting that the San Jose Sharks would like to re-sign Joe Thornton before the end of the 2010-2011 season. In the same report, the Globe’s Craig Custance says that the Boston Bruins would also like to re-sign their star player, Zdeno Chara, before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Blue Jackets no longer interested in Kaberle?

The Toronto Sun’s Dave Fuller is reporting that the Columbus Blue Jackets will most likely stop pursuing Tomas Kaberle. The re-signing of Anton Stralman may have something to do with that.

However, the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline is reporting that the Blue Jackets are still looking at adding another defenceman to the team.

Richards likely staying in Dallas

Mike Heika from the Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Stars want to keep Brad Richards and he wants to stay in Dallas. Richards has been linked to trade talks with the Maple Leafs and is in the final year of his contract.

Aaron Asham’s status

PortageOnline.com has reported that Vancouver and Edmonton have shown interest in Aaron Asham. The 31-year-old wants to return to Philadelphia, but the Flyers have very little cap space remaining.

Detroit, Maltby still talking

The Detroit News is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings and Kirk Maltby are still talking. Maltby’s agent Anton Thun told the news “It’s been a phone tag. At this point, Kirk’s preference is clearly to play for the Red Wings.”

Avalanche negotiating with Mueller, Stewart

The Denver Post is reporting that the Colorado Avalanche are still in talks with young forwards Peter Mueller and Chris Stewart. Mueller and Stewart are both 22 and both made $850 000 last season. Mueller scored 13 goals while adding 24 assists in 69 games last season, while Stewart scored 28 goals and assisted on another 36 in 77 games.

Information from TheFourthPeriod.com, SpectorsHockey.com and TSN.ca was used in this post.

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NHL Rumors and Rumblings: Buds Turn Up The Heat, Avalanche Talking With Oilers and More

Andrew Cogliano

It’s been a busy week in the NHL, with the re-signings of Cody Parent, David Perron, Ondrej Pavelec and Mason Raymond, Spezza setting the record straight and Gange getting traded to Tampa Bay.

Unfortunately, all of that was over shadowed by Ilya Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk signed, and even had an official press conference for, his new 17-year, $102 million contract on July 19th. However that deal was rejected by the NHL for salary cap circumvention. On Monday, the NHLPA filed a grievance on behalf of Ilya Kovalchuk, sending the case to an arbitrator, which leads us into this week’s NHL rumors and rumblings.

Will the NHL fine the Devils?

Mark Everson of the New York Post says that the National Hockey League is not threatening to fine the New Jersey Devils for salary cap circumvention, but have not ruled out that option. If the NHL does decide to fine the team, it could be anywhere from $1 million to $5 million. Kovalchuk, meanwhile, could face a fine as low as $250 thousand and as high as $1 million. That is, of course, if an arbiter rules in favour of the NHL.

Maple Leafs turning up the heat

TSN.ca is reporting that the Maple Leafs will be “turning up the heat” when it comes to Tomas Kaberle sometime around August 1st. They will begin telling teams that already have offers on the table for Kaberle to improve them, or he will be taken off the market.

Bruins, Wheeler going to arbitration?

James Murphy of ESPN.com is reporting that the Boston Bruins and forward Blake Wheeler have reached an impasse in contract talks and are expected to go to arbitration today (Tuesday).

Oilers, Avalanche talking about Cogliano?

The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the Colorado Avalanche have called the Edmonton Oilers about the availability of Andrew Cogliano.

Savard trade talks are still ongoing

TheFourthPeriod.com is reporting that 33-year-old centre Marc Savard is still being shopped around by the Boston Bruins. The report also says that other various reports have linked the talks to the Leafs, Kings and Oilers.

Selanne returning to the Ducks?

Temmu Selanne is still in talks with the Anaheim Ducks about making a return, says the Orange County Register. Ducks GM Bob Murray also told the Register that he met with Selanne and his agent this week, and that he is expecting to meet with them again next week.

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